Relationship of Eating Disorders to OCD
Eating disorders are difficult to treat and in most cases, difficult to diagnose especially if it is superimposed with OCD or its spectrum. Eating disorders happen to be more prevalent (5-10 million people) within the United States than Alzheimer’s (4 million) or mood disorders. In fact, 3% of all young women affected by eating disorders suffer from Anorexia Nervosa; 3-4% suffer from bulimia and 15% of the population are affected by some sort of eating disorder. Between 1988 to 1993, Bulimia in females aged 10-39 in this country has more than tripled. Currently, only 6% of the bulimic patients are being treated psychiatrically. Statistics have proven that eating disorders in fact have the highest rate of mortality comparable to any psychiatric disorder within the United States. According to an epidemiological study conducted by Stanford University in 1984, OCD spectrum disorders have a 0.8% -2% prevalence across the country. It is apparent that these disorders are on the rise and the fact is diagnosing each one is a difficult task. It takes a diligent clinician and a willing individual to realize the issue at hand and with the right tools, it may in fact be possible to spot risk factors and/or signs or symptoms of the disorder early on.
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